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74. Charles Mayer Home, c. 1874

April 9, 1874

629 E. Bellevue Street

This striking restrained Greek Revival and Italianate style home is made of cypress on three foot, six inch raised brick pillars and was built for the Opelousas Music Man, Rudolf Adelbert Sebastien Mayer, a professor of music who was born in Germany. Professor Mayer invented the first breech loading rifle patented to M. Martini and was used by the British Empire for more than 30 years. Mayer moved to Louisiana in 1852 and married Mary Dunnon O’Rourke. The home has remained in the family since it was first built. The ceilings are twelve feet throughout the home with a beautiful Louisiana cypress staircase in the foyer. Dr. Mayer’s famous revolving medicine cabinet, and an armoire originally owned by Louisiana Governor Francis T. Nichols, also graces the home.

Last modified: April 13, 2021

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